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Chris Hardy, Pleat, image courtesy of the artist
RESOLVED: JOURNEYS IN AUSTRALIAN DESIGN
15 May - 12 July 2015

Resolved features works by twelve of Australia's most interesting and inventive contemporary designers. The exhibition explores the designer's journey, from the initial inspiration and idea through to the finished product. Featured designers include Adam Cornish, Adam Goodrum, Alex Gilmour, Fukutoshi, Gary Galego, Ben McCarthy, Bic Tieiu and Zoe MacDonnell. Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design is an Object: Australian Design Centre National Touring Program. Object: Australian Design Centre has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Object: Australian Design Centre is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

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LAHEY Vida, Australia (1882-1968), The carters' rest, Eagle Street, 1913, Watercolour on paper, Purchased 2005, Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
TRANSPARENT WATERCOLOUR IN QUEENSLAND 1850s - 1980s
22 May - 5 July 2015

Transparent showcases more than 50 exquisite watercolours by some of Queensland's most renowned watercolour artists, including Conrad Martens, J.J. Hilder, Vida Lahey, Kenneth Macqueen, Joe Rootsey, Margaret Cliento and Joy Roggenkamp. The exhibition traces the important role of watercolour in Queensland's visual arts history, from its earliest colonial beginnings through to modern watercolour developments in the early twentieth century and the more recent and exuberant watercolours of the 1980s.

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Fred Williams, Bauxite Coastline 11, 1977, gouache on arches paper, 57 x 75cm (image. Cairns Regional Gallery Collection, Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program, by Lyn Williams, through the CRG Foundation, 2014. © Fred Williams estate.
COLLECTION IN FOCUS: FRED WILLIAMS
15 May - 12 July 2015

Fred Williams (1927-82) is one of Australia's most influential twentieth-century artists. In 1977 Williams made his first light plane flight, travelling to Weipa in Cape York. For the first time he saw the vastness of the Australian landscape from a true aerial perspective. This experience had a profound effect on Williams and led to the creation of what many consider his finest works - the Weipa series.

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Alick Tipoti, Portrait with Dog Mask, 2015. Image courtesy Michael Marzik, © Alick Tipoti.
ALICK TIPOTI: ZUGUBAL
10 July - 6 September 2015

Alick Tipoti is recognised as one of the Torres Strait Islands' most dynamic contemporary artists. Growing up on Badu Island, he learnt the traditional stories and Kala Lagaw Ya language from his parents. This is a powerful exhibition that includes complex and intricately carved prints, ceremonial masks and large carved sculptures. The title for the exhibition pays respect to Zugubal who are the spiritual ancestors that guide the living through the seasons and cosmology.

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Gordon Hookey, Wallaroo, 2015. digital design for textile, image courtesy the artist.
OUT OF QUEENSLAND: NEW INDIGENOUS TEXTILES
17 July - 13 September 2015

Cairns Regional Gallery's Out of Queensland: New Indigenous Textiles exhibition exemplifies the fusion of digital technology and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary art practice and is presented in partnership with the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. The exhibition explores exciting new directions in the work of Vernon Ah Kee, Naomi Hobson, Gordon Hookey, Heather Koowootha, Claudia Moodoonuthi, Ryan Presley, Brian Robinson, Teho Ropeyarn and Arthur Roughsey.

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Donald Friend, Crew of Norena, 1956, oil on canvas on board 39 x 49cm. Collection: Reserve Bank of Australia, Sydney © Donald Friend/Licensed by Viscopy, 2015.
DONALD FRIEND: FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND
17 July - 20 September 2015

The significance of Queensland to Donald Friend's career is little realised. In all he made 21 visits to Queensland during his lifetime but the tropical north was his focus. Curated by Ross Searle, this is the first exhibition to survey Friend's creative connections with North Queensland and his abiding love of its diverse communities.

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Ray Crooke, Chillagoe, North Queensland, c1962. oil on composition board 58.5 x 89.5cm. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Roger Beale, 2012 © Ray Crooke.
COLLECTION IN FOCUS: RAY CROOKE
July 17 - 20 September 2015

Ray Crooke is one of Queensland's most important twentieth-century artists. Born in Victoria in 1922, Crooke discovered far North Queensland and the Torres Strait Islands whilst serving as a map-maker during World War II. The people and landscapes of the tropical north had a profound effect on him and in the 1950s he moved to Cape York and actively pursued his passion for art. Now a resident of Cairns, Ray is in his 92nd year and in July we are delighted to present a selection of his works from our Permanent Collection.

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Nikeema Williams, Self portrait, 2014, ink and wash on paper
NICKEEMA WILLIAMS: KERKAR MAR-ASMER
29 May - 5 July 2015

This exhibition explores issues of reconnection, family, culture and history. Kerkar Mar-asmer means new reflection/s. The artist explains that the works are her early steps towards understanding, documenting and learning about her Torres Strait Islander heritage.

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Edna Ambrym, seafood /shellfish that are gathered in Yarrabah, 2014. monoprint
A YEAR IN YARRABAH: YARRABAH ARTS CENTRE
10 July - 16 August 2015

Yarrabah is an all-Indigenous community located 53 kilometres south of Cairns. A Year In Yarrabah is a group exhibition through which the artists have interpreted and recorded the community's seasonal calendar primarily through watercolours, ceramics and monoprints.


Lucy Carroll, On the Train, Anzac Day, 2014. textiles.
LUCY CARROLL: WOMEN IN DEFENCE
21 August - 27 September 2015

Lucy Carroll's exhibition, Women in Defence is an exploration of life as a female member of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Lucy's work aims to challenge the public perception of the lives and conditions facing women in the ADF The exhibition is a rich combination of tactile images created by using a multitude of layers, including textiles, painted surfaces and collage.

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